Sept. 16, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Connecticut Takes Out Tulane in Volleyball, 3-0 Green Wave Fall In Diet Coke Classic Finale
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Despite 23 kills from sophomore hitter Sara Radosevic, the Tulane University volleyball team fell to Connecticut, 3-0 (31-29, 30-23, 33-31) at the Diet Coke Classic Saturday at University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion.
Radosevic also added 11 digs and a pair of blocks while hitting .405, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team. For the tournament she totalled 57 kills in 10 games. It was the third time in her career she accumulated 20 or more kills in a three-game match. In the 2005 season opener against Nicholls State, the Croatian racked up 25 kills in three games.
Sophomore hitter Bridget Wells hit .600 with nine kills against no errors on 15 attempts, but Tulane fell to 4-5 on the season. UConn (9-3) takes third place in the Diet Coke Classic. Sophomore setter Luna Rebrovic led Tulane with 20 assists while freshman setter Rachel Lindelow added 18.
UConn used a 14-4 run in game one to take the lead, but Tulane rallied from down 29-26 to tie the game at 29 all. But the Huskies collect two points from there for a 31-29 win. Tulane hit .412 in game one.
In game two, Tulane fell behind 19-11 before roaring back to within two at 23-21. The Huskies ended the game on a 7-2 run however to take a 2 games to none lead.
The Green Wave surged out to a 12-4 lead in game three, but the Huskies answered with a 16-4 run of their own. The Wave stormed back with 6-2 run and battled back from match-point twice, but the Huskies finally took game three, 33-31.
Earlier in the day, Tulane fell to host Minnesota, 3-0, who went on to win the Diet Coke championship with a 3-0 win over Dayton. Both Dayton and Minnesota are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25.